(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The rush to inoculate every American against COVID-19 continues and, on Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday a major milestone in vaccination efforts.
As of Sunday, nearly 130 million Americans over 18 — roughly 50 percent of those over the age of 18 — have obtained at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Also on Sunday, the CDC confirmed about 32.5 percent American adults — or about one in three — is fully vaccinated. That amounts to 83.9 million adults.
The ongoing vaccination efforts have now started to include teenagers as young as 16, with some states already making that age group eligible to obtain the vaccine.
The news is promising considering the ongoing pause against the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is currently being researched by the Food and Drug Administration and CDC over rare reports of possible blood clots.
Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccine, on the other hand, is administered in two separate doses a few weeks apart. To date, 109 million Pfizer doses and 92 million Moderna doses have been administered, according to the CDC.
7.9 million Johnson & Johnson doses were administered before health officials paused distribution after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 experienced an extremely rare, severe type of blood clot.
A person is twice as likely to get hit by lightning than develop a blood clot from the J&J vaccine.
COVID-19 has infected over 31.6 million Americans and killed over 567,000, reports Johns Hopkins University.
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